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Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy and Jay wanted a simple, vintage wedding with an organic feel that would highlight the beauty of fall in Midwestern Illinois. From the ceremony to the reception, their focus was having their friends and family around them. So instead of having a head table they set the tables up in a U shape to create one large family table. Amy's wedding gown was the same one her mother wore for her own wedding, which she had altered for a more modern look. The vibrant flowers echoed the fall color palette surrounding the natural setting. From their "first look" to fun photo ops in the corn field, Amy and Jay definitely succeeded in creating the casual and heartfelt celebration they dreamed of!

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

Amy & Jay's Vintage and Organic Fall Wedding | Real Wedding Inspiration | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsPHOTOGRAPHER: Jon Larson Photography | VENUE: Storybook Gardens | GOWN ALTERATIONS: DMP Tailoring and Alterations | GROOMS ATTIRE: H & M | Floral Designer: Pocket Full of Posies Florist | CATERER: Sweet Dream Desserts and Catering

 

 

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren grew up visiting Vermont to ski with her family, Stratton Mountain being a favorite destination. After She and David started dating, he quickly learned to ski and the couple spent many weekends in the winter traveling up to Stratton to ski, and in the fall and spring to hike. It became such a special place to them that David chose it as the location to propose to Lauren. On a rainy Saturday he surprised Lauren with an ATV ride up the mountain. With a beautiful view of Stratton Village and Bromley in the distance, David got down on one knee and popped the question! He even had champagne for a toast before they rode back down the mountain to enjoy a couple’s massage and a special dinner at her favorite restaurant.

With all of their history there, it came as no surprise that they chose Stratton for the location of their wedding celebration. The village also offered the perfect playground for their guests with an abundance of restaurants, bars, shopping, and activities - plus there was lodging available for everyone. They carried the theme of their location into their place cards, which were shaped like gondolas, and their tables which they named after their favorite trails on the mountain. Another Vermont favorite, maple cotton candy, was a hit during dessert and was a way for the couple to share their love of the Peru Fair, which they go to every year.

Some of their favorite moments involved how happy their families were throughout the day. Lauren’s father danced better, faster, and harder than anyone else and his joy was radiating with every move. They also loved their first look at the covered bridge, something they have skied under many times but had not gone inside of very often. It was a special moment that they took to reflect and relax before the ceremony.

Their advice for other couples; “Make your wedding about you!  Choose the things you love and that will make you happy on your special day.  Capture as many moments of happiness and joy as you can.  And in the end, just relax and enjoy it all because the day goes by entirely too fast!”

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Lauren & David Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Stratton Mountain Resort | Ski Resort Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, CATERING, ACCOMMODATIONS: Stratton Mountain ClubPHOTOGRAPHER: Polis PhotographyFLORIST: Flowers By CaraCEREMONY: Chapel of the SnowsMUSICIAN: The Soul SensationsCAKE: Price Chopper, Decorated by Flowers By Cara | WEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Angela’s BridalFORMAL WEAR: Men’s WearhouseHAIR & MAKEUP: Day Spa at Stratton VillageVIDEOGRAPHER: The Cavallaro GroupREHEARSAL DINNER: The FiretowerFAVORS: Maple Cotton Candy from Lewis’ Sugarhouse, and Kettle Corn by John Butler | INVITATIONS: MintedWEDDING OFFICIANT: Justin Moore | JEWELRY: Barmakian Jewelers

September 23, 2016  TAGS:  FALL  RUSTIC  ORANGE  GREEN  WHITE

Fruitful Fall Inspiration

 

Fruitful Fall Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Autumn Harvest | Vermont Bride Magazine | Ashley Largesse Photography

Fall is both a welcome and dissapointing season in Vermont. It is a reminder of what is coming in a few short weeks, that summer is over and the snow is imminent. But you can't beat the colors of the fall leaves, the bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables, crisp afternoons spent at the fair, and cozy evenings around bonfires with some apple cider. It is also a favorite time to have a wedding and we love these gorgeous and inspiring images from Ashley Largesse Photography. It is a fresh departure from the typical deep plums and burnt oranges you typically see for an autumn celebration. A crisp, clean white and brigher orange hues are the perfect contrast to muted honeyed wheat and the faded greens of succulents. 

To see more images from this feature, and tons of other inspiring ideas and photos, be sure to check out the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK issue 7! Check it out here.

Fruitful Fall Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Autumn Harvest | Vermont Bride Magazine | Ashley Largesse Photography

Fruitful Fall Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Autumn Harvest | Vermont Bride Magazine | Ashley Largesse Photography

Fruitful Fall Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Autumn Harvest | Vermont Bride Magazine | Ashley Largesse Photography

featured professionalsWEDDING VENUE: Shelburne Farms | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Largesse Photography | FLORAL DESIGN: Jayson Munn Design | MAKEUP: Jennifer Perellie Makeup | WEDDING GOWN: Celia Grace | SHOES: Bella Belle | JEWELRY: Edera Jewelry | VINTAGE RENTALS: Vermont Vintage Rentals | MODEL: Lindsay

 

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Despite several attempts by their friends to set them up, Rachel and Mike only knew each other as acquaintances for a few years. Finally at a bar in Washington DC on Saint Patrick’s Day, Rachel’s favorite holiday, they agreed to date. It was another of Rachel’s favorites- this time a place- where Mike popped the question. Outside the Plaza in New York City, Mike convinced Rachel to take a walk to the fountains. Rachel was convinced he was just trying to keep her from her favorite bar, but seconds later he surprised her with a ring. All she remembers after that is the cheering and flashing of cameras from nearby tourists.

Rachel attended Law School in Vermont and her family frequently vacationed in Woodstock. Since they both wanted a location that would feel like a getaway for their guests and themselves, Woodstock was the perfect choice. They also loved that all of the festivities were accessible just a few steps away from the front door of the Woodstock Inn.

Once their guests arrived they were able to park their cards and forget about needing transportation for the rest of the weekend. The Woodstock Inn was a great gathering space so their guests could relax, catch up, and then go out to pursue fall activities in town. It was hard to leave the Inn without bumping into one of their guests, which is exactly the way Rachel and Mike wanted it.

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

They had a color palette of navy, gold, blush, and silver. To incorporate silver into the table settings they used the bride’s family’s collection of silver. The light from the candles reflecting off of the silver all around the room created a beautiful, warm glow. They also represented Mike’s upbringing in New Hampshire and upstate New York by using a birch tree they cut down from his family’s property in New Hampshire. They used the birch tree for centerpieces, place cards, and candle holders. Mike even carved a design from their Save The Dates into the candle holders. Instead of having many smaller tables, Rachel wanted two large tables to have as many people sitting together as possible. Covered with blush colored tulle, there was one table representing the bride’s family and friends, and a second table representing the groom’s family and friends. 

Rachel and Mike worked together, making all of the planning decisions together, and trying to cut through all of the wedding clichés. Their families were also very involved with planning and executing the wedding. Rachel’s grandparents were unable to attend due to illness, but they took time out from their reception to FaceTime with them in Oklahoma. It ended up being the last time they would talk with her grandfather and they will always cherish being able to include them on their wedding day. 

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Some of their other favorite moments from the weekend include being able to have a final toast with friends at Longtrail Brewery on Sunday, where they were able to sit around and chat about all the memorable moments of the weekend. Also, their friends Kathryn Zaremba, who was Broadway’s Annie Warlocks as a child, and her husband Jeremy Ney, a classically trained pianist, performed for their first dance as well as the Father/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son dance.

Rachel and Mike’s advice for other couples:  “Determine what is important to you and then cut out the rest.  You probably won’t remember how much effort you spent on details that don’t matter to you or don’t reflect your personality.”  

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rachel & Michael Real Vermont Wedding | Woodstock Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

featured professionalsVENUE, CATERING, CAKE, ACCOMMODATIONS, HAIR STYLIST, AND SPA SERVICES: The Woodstock InnPHOTOGRAPHER: AMW StudiosFLORIST: Ellen Snyder Floral DesignCEREMONY: Our Lady of the Snows | DJ: Nick Karpovich of Conway EntertainmentWEDDING GOWN & ALTERATIONS: Anna MaierREHEARSAL DINNER: The Prince and the Pauper | STATIONERY: Kate Zaremba CompanyWEDDING REGISTRY: Simon Pearce, Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus

 

Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

There is something wildly beautiful about Lake Champlain in the winter, with the deep blue, icy water and wild terrain dotted with patches of snow. It is a raw, weather striken landscape that still glitters in the sunlight. The contrast of this backdrop with the warmth and intimacy of Kaitlin and Eric's Leap Day elopement is what we love about these images, from 822 Weddings. Kaitlin and Eric's love to each other shines through the chill, while Kaitlin's intricately beaded gown and luxurious coat brought an elegant touch to the intimate affair. Here is what Kaitlin shared with us about how this elopement came about;

Every time I think about the day we eloped, I am smitten. Eric and I achieved everything we were looking for and more with Hitched. Our day was simple but special, and ultimately a day we were able to celebrate our love for each other. The ceremony was intimate, romantic, and spontaneous. The feelings and raw emotion shared with Eric that day were so powerful and special, something I am so happy to have shared lovingly just between us. 
 
Since moving to Burlington three years ago, we have developed a deep love for our new home, a place we hope to permanently call home. It is deeply special we were able to share those feelings on the beach of our new home town. Eric, I and our relationship have blossomed here and we couldn't have thought of a better place to celebrate us, than here in Vermont
From the moment I met Eric, I knew he was the special being I wanted to share my life with. Over ten years later, marriage was not something we felt important to do in our relationship, especially a traditional wedding. My parents recently divorced and Eric helped me work through the feelings I was having surrounding it (how lucky am I to have a psychologist for a partner!). I came to understand on a whole new level how special a commitment of such can mean. We both knew we wanted to continue sharing this life together and elopement seemed like the perfect way to celebrate that bond and love we share. For us, leap day was the perfect day to do it!
 
The Hitched team helped us achieve everything we wanted with our elopement: a simple, beautiful, meaningful ceremony; all while highlighting the love of our home, Vermont. We are so happy to have collaborated with such an outstanding team at Hitched. We look forward to celebrating with our families and friends next leap day 2020 - our first anniversary.
 
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
Katilin and Eric's Lakeside Elopement | Leap Day Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
 
featured professionals WEDDING COORDINATION & PLANNING: Hitched!PHOTOGRAPHY: 822 WeddingsCEREMONY: Oakledge Park | FLORAL DESIGN: Nectar + RootGOWN: BHLDNVINTAGE FUR COAT: Rackk + RuinMAKEUP: Mirror Mirror